Hello there! A load of things have changed since time I wrote the last article so this is going to be a pretty long write but I will try to go through everything in detail.
You should know by now (or should have figured out) that like birds The Sentinel Alliance migrate on a regular schedule, and so we did. As of 22/05/14 we have officially migrated this website to a new and much faster web host. Located now in Iceland (no not the shop) instead of the USA like most web hosts. This server should have a much better connection to our members in Europe. As well as being closer to most of our members this server also runs entirely on SSDs and uses a lot of new web optimization technology to be able to run super fast under almost any load (seriously, this server should be able to handle traffic numbers in the hundreds without any slowdown and according to our statistics this website is loading most pages in under 0.0215659 seconds).
We have moved to a new forum software (again), this time with so many new features it’s almost impossible to list them all (this is very much the premium of open-source software). I will attempt to run through some of the main new very cool features.
- Very advanced moderator feature - Too bad for the trouble makers but
this forum has some very advanced moderator features including IP
tracking, moderator per user notes, moderator control center, ability
for moderators to check over bad users posts before they are visible,
warning levels, moderator post queue and many other things.
- More editing features - Things like quick editing, draft saving, file
attachments and polls Better group features - Custom groups can now
be created with leaders that can invite other members. This will help
groups like BCSL and TSA Core operate around the forum
- User CP/Mod CP/ Admin CP - All of the options for each of these
diffrent groups are split up into seperate control panels that I have
found to be very ordered and useful.
What I’m going to be working on:
Although this forum is working great it’s by no means finished yet so here is what I’m going to be working on:
- Finishing off the news feed, as you may have noticed if you visited
the previous site there was a feed of the latest anoucements on the
front page. However the previous one I created will not work with
this forum software so I’m going to have to recode it.
- Fixing the old icons. You may have noticed many ugly looking icons
dotted around the page in a dark blue color, this icons are the
default from the origianl old theme for this forum so I will have to
- Other little things around the palace. This whole forum project from
installation to the final stages was only a 2 day project so of
course there are still a few things around in the code and design
that I still need to improve. Feedback/suggestions would be
apricated, please put them in the feedback.
- Teamspeak intergration. I’m currently making a basic php script to
show the members that are online in the Teamspeak on the website